Mexican Style Quesadillas

Quesadillas are a staple in every Mexican home and fondas, the small mom-and-pop restaurants found throughout the country.

You might be surprised to find that quesadillas in Mexico aren’t the cheese-filled extravaganzas we are used to in the U.S.

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A typical quesadilla is made with a corn tortilla and a small amount of cheese served with a good salsa and some guacamole on the side.

Authentic Mexican Quesadillas
Authentic Mexican Quesadillas


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Sincronizadas are ham and cheese quesadillas. The name translates as “synchronized.” Most often sincronizadas are prepared with flour tortillas but corn tortillas are on option.

The tortillas aren’t folded with cheese in the middle. The tortillas are stacked with the filling in the middle and then cut into half-moons or triangles.

Sincronizadas, ham, and cheese quesadillas.

Good Cheese Makes a Good Quesadilla

If you want a good quesadilla or sincronizada you have to use a good quality cheese. Oaxaca cheese, asadero cheese, manchego cheese, and Chihuahua cheese are all good options. In a pinch, you can use mozzarella. Quesadillas are never made with cheddar.

Ingredients to make quesadillas and sincronizadas.
Ingredients to make quesadillas and sincronizadas.

Try Preparing With Different Cheeses

Each Mexican cheese gives your quesadillas a distinct flavor. Try a number of different cheeses until you find your favorite. My favorite is asadero.

How to Make a Mexican Quesadilla

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You always want to make quesadillas on the griddle never in a microwave. Microwaving them makes the tortilla soggy. You want them to be golden brown with the cheese evenly melted.

Don’t overdo it with the cheese. The flavors of the cheese and tortilla should be nicely balanced. Quesadillas prepared with flour tortillas are more popular in Northern Mexico in the states of Sonora, Chihuahua, Nuevo Leon and Taumalipas.

Tortilla on Comal
Start by heating your tortilla until it is pliable.
Manchego Cheese on Tortilla
Add a small amount of grated cheese, about ½ ounce.
Cooking Quesadillas
Fold the tortilla over the cheese.
Quesadilla on the Comal
Cook until the tortilla is golden brown on both sides.

How to Make a Sincronizada

You will enjoy this ham and cheese variation on a quesadilla. It makes a heartier meal.

Flour Tortilla on Comal
Start by warming your tortilla until pliable.
Cheese on Flour Tortilla
Top with grated cheese, about 1 ounce.
Ham and Cheese on Tortilla
Add a few slices of ham.
Ham and Cheese on Flour Tortilla
Add a little more cheese, about 1 ounce.
Making a Sincronizada
Top with the second flour tortilla.
Sincronizada on the Comal
Cook until the tortilla is golden brown. It’s ready to serve.

Did you know that quesadillas are delicious when you prepare them on the grill?

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More Quesadilla Recipes

  • Grilled Quesadillas
  • Huitlacoche Quesadillas

More Cheese Recipes

  • Asadero Cheese Tacos
  • Cheese Enchiladas with Mole
  • Strawberry Chipotle Cream Cheese Dip


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